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  • Vegetable farmer Tom Goeke of St. Charles, Mo., sells his Red Deuce tomatoes wholesale at about $1.50 per pound. (Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media)

    While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

  • Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz rode horseback to take this photo of a woman herding cattle in southern Iowa. (Courtesy Marji Guyler-Alaniz/FarmHer)

    If artist's use their work to understand the human experience, it makes sense that many Midwest artists turn their lens, brushes, sculptures and words on agriculture and farming.

  • Organic Alternatives Manager Maka Kalaí holds a card with cannabis safety tips. The cards were developed by the Cannabis Business Alliance and are handed out with every purchase at the Fort Collins, Colo., store. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

    When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened up the sale of food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure their products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens, and that they’re not falling in to the hands of children or too potent to eat.

  • Before it defaulted on loans and was shuttered by regulator, the Pierce Elevator was a major business in town. (Bill Kelly/NET News)

    When a Nebraska grain elevator failed, farmers were left with about $9 million in unpaid claims and little safety net to turn to.

  • Dairy cows like these on Dorine Boelen’s farm in Brooklyn, Iowa, can be treated with antibiotics, but their bodies must be free of the medication before they are allowed to contribute milk to the food supply. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted. 

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Farmed for more than 80 years, land the now forms the Emiquon Nature Preserve is being returned to its natural wetland state. Just years in the making, the transformation is already dramatic.

Like your grandmother’s engagement ring or a dusty old photo album, heirloom seeds have been passed down through generations. And that has been made possible by organizations like the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

As the USDA's meat inspection division gets set to implement new rules on the inspection of poultry plants, the division faces staffing issues and questions about the inspection program's relationship to the meat industry.

Local food is no longer just a novelty. But despite increased demand, making local food work in some places is decidedly more difficult than others.

Paying more at the grocery store? The prices of beef and pork have been ballooning for months, thanks to problems with supply.

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened up the sale of food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure their products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens, and that they’re not falling in to the hands of children or too potent to eat.

When a Nebraska grain elevator failed, farmers were left with about $9 million in unpaid claims and little safety net to turn to.

If artist's use their work to understand the human experience, it makes sense that many Midwest artists turn their lens, brushes, sculptures and words on agriculture and farming.

While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

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